I’ve tried on numerous occasions to delve into 5a, most of them being unsuccessful. I’d pop on a counterweight and watch some of Miggy’s tutorials. I learned some of the basics, but I never really got into it.
Today, however, on a whim, I decided to try again. I had absentmindedly made a little string ball that was the right size and shape to be a counterweight, so I started playing around with it. This time, though, I approached it differently. Rather than seeing it as something completely new, I looked at it as an extension of my 1a. I started experimenting with some 1a concepts and played around with the counterweight a bit. Pretty quickly I got the hang of it, and I came up with a few decent original ideas for 5a. Nothing to impressive, but enough to make me feel pretty satisfied with myself (something that happens very rarely to me when yoyoing).
So, for all those trying out a new style, don’t think of it as something completely new. Learn a few of the basics, and then start applying concepts you already know! You’ll be getting into it in no time!