Welcome to the Forum.
While flying with others is always helpful it just doesn't happen for all of us when we find an hour or two we can steal after work or on a weekend does it?
I would ask what wind speeds are you flying in? A common mistake after spending a time or two where the kite wouldn't fly is only going out when the wind is actually too high. Stalls and many tricks will be difficult or worse when the wind is approaching 10 mph and above.
And while Dodd designed the kite to be trickable the factory bridle may be compromised a bit toward its target market. Entry level kites are not usually tuned exclusively for tricks and are set to fly forward more then for stopping, you can change that.
Try "Setting the kite heavier", what that is is adjusting the bridle to set the nose back a bit more thus decreasing drive and forward speed. Your manual should have instructions on how if you have it, I don't know the kite and couldn't find a manual online at New Tech since Dodd is no longer with them. Usually the "Pigtail" where you attach your lines is adjustable, to go Heavier you would move it toward the tail of the kite. If the marks for the original points are worn off be sure to mark the original setting before moving it. Move the point just a bit - 1/8 - 1/4 inch is more then enough. Some kites have a knotted leader at the upper bridle attachment point, if so move the attachment to lengthen the upper bridle.
Dodd Gross the kites designer and well known instructor has been around the forum lately, you could send him a Private Message (PM) at Doddg
, I'm sure he can tell you how to adjust the kite. In fact he's just north of you in PA, you could do worse then running into him. Others here may also pipe in who have first hand experience with your kite.
Hope it helps and maybe you can meet up with some of the local flyers soon, I'm sure any of them could help more easily then online.